California wants to send US prisoners to Mexico jails

Schwarzenegger suggested California could ease its crowded prison system by sending thousands of undocumented inmates to specially built jails in Mexico.

California wants to send US prisoners to Mexico jails

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday suggested California could ease its crowded prison system by sending thousands of undocumented inmates to specially built jails in Mexico.

Speaking to reporters at the Sacramento Press Club, Schwarzenegger said California could ease its strained finances by a billion dollars if 20,000 illegal immigrants currently held in the state were housed across the border.

"I think that we can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take, inmates for instance, the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here and get them to Mexico," Schwarzenegger said.

"Think about it -- if California gives Mexico the money. Not 'Hey, you take care of them, these are your citizens'. No. Not at all.

"We pay them to build the prison down in Mexico and then we have those undocumented immigrants be down there in a prison, and with their prison guards and all this -- half the cost to build the prisons and half the cost to run the prisons," the Republican governor said.

Aides later said the idea is not under consideration but was merely mentioned to Schwarzenegger, who sees private prisons as a potential solution in addressing overcrowding in the state's correctional facilities.

Schwarzenegger's remarks come as California prepares for the latest in a long line of state budget crises.

Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency earlier this month, warning severe cuts were necessary to stem a 19.9-billion-dollar deficit.


Agencies

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